St. Elizabeths Medical Center in Brighton, Mass., will pay a $218,400 fine and implement a HIPAA privacy/security corrective action plan under a settlement with the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
HHS/OCR in late 2012 received a complaint that employees at the hospital were using an unsecured Internet-based document sharing application that held protected health information for at least 498 individuals. OCR determined that the hospital failed to timely identify and respond to the known security incident, mitigate the harmful effects of the security incident, and document the security incident and its outcome, according to an agency announcement.
While St. Elizabeth did not properly notify OCR of the breach in 2012, it did in August 2014 report another breach that affected 595 individuals after PHI was found on a former employees personal laptop and USB drive.
This is the 25th resolution agreement with a civil monetary penalty that OCR has imposed on organizations that demonstrated blatant disregard for the HIPAA privacy and security rules. The resolution agreement and corrective action plan is available here.
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